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Lancashire Local History Federation day school
PAGEANTS AND PROCESSIONS IN THE NORTH WEST
The next Federation day school will be on 16 February 2019 with the theme of pageants and processions. The North West has a long tradition of communities coming together to perform such events for special occasions, be it annual celebrations or, as with the Preston Guild, once every twenty years.
The speakers will cover a range of such events to illustrate their variety. Dr Jack Southern will begin the day with the very Lancashire tradition of Cotton Queens. Jack is a lecturer in Public History at UCLAN whose main research examines communities linked to the Lancashire cotton industry. Next will be Dr Michael Winstanley who will look at the passion for pageants in the area. Mike is no stranger to the Federation and has spoken at several of our day schools. He is a retired Senior Lecturer in Social and Regional History at Lancaster University. Garry Stringfellow will start the afternoon with a talk on rushbearing processions. Garry is a retired teacher with a long-standing interest in folk traditions. He has recently published a book entitled Rushbearing and Rush Strewing in Churches Across the Northern Counties. The day will end with Dr Keith Vernon who will speak about the pageants of Preston Guild. Keith is a Principal Lecturer in History at UCLAN whose research interests are on the history of higher and technical education. He has published a paper on the 1922 Preston Guild in the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in 2013.
The day will include a very short AGM, at which officers and committee members will be elected - we welcome your attendance. We would encourage anyone who would like to consider becoming a member of the committee to put their name forward via the nomination paper. If you would like to ask what is involved, please contact Marianne Howell. We meet only four times a year, and business is conducted in a very friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile, do attend the day school for what promises to be a very enjoyable and informative day.
The venue for the day school will be Preston Masonic Hall which has proved very popular in previous years. For further details consult the booking form below.
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